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OS X 10.10 Yosemite revealed – brand new design and new apps

Apple's completely redesigns the Mac's operating system with an iOS 7-style makeover and new continuity features and more

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Apple has revealed OS X 10.10 Yosemite, a completely redesigned version of OS X that takes inspiration from iOS 7 and iOS 8 to create a cleaner, flatter design. The new system, announced by Craig Federighi, is a radical departure from previous versions in terms of functionality, and the new design, spearheaded by senior vice president of design at Apple, Jony Ive, marks a bold new direction for the Mac.

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OS X 10.10 Yosemite

Apple has chosen Yosemite as the new name for OS X 10.10. The new release is the second to use Apple’s new naming system for OS X, based on areas of California that inspire them. The new default wallpaper for Yosemite reflects the region that lends its name to the operating system, showing a striking mountain view.

New design

Screen Shot 2014-06-02 at 18.17.54By far the biggest change to OS X in Yosemite is the design, which uses similar design elements as iOS 7 and iOS 8. The whole interface has been changed and Yosemite is an all-new look, and it does look fantastic.

Translucent app windows mean that your app windows interact with your desktop background, allowing the colour to shine through like Control Center in iOS. Not only that, the app title bars interact with the main content, so in the Maps app you’ll see the land, sea and cities beneath the title bar as you pan around the map.

New typography brings a refreshing clarity to the menubar, and the gorgeous new Dark mode brings a welcome change to the standard interface.

The Dock has been flattened and filled with completely redesigned app icons – and I think Steve Ashby nailed his iCreate icon designs…

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AirDrop

You can send files between Mac, iPhone, iPad and iPod touch using AirDrop – yesssss! Not only that – you can pick up where you left on devices, instantly. Writing an email on your phone and sit down at your Mac – Mail on Mac picks up your draft message and lets you carry on writing it on your desktop. Thank you Apple!

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Notification Center

There’s a new Today view and you can now add third party apps to Notification Center to see even more information, reducing the amount of app switching you have to do and truly bringing all your updates together. And as with iOS, you have info displays for Stocks and the time. Even better, widgets have been introduced to Notification Center so that you can bring in things like your Calendar app and Reminders entries.

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Spotlight

Spotlight has been powered up to give you conversions, like weights and distances, and also shows you your recent documents in iWork apps. It brings you news from the internet, Wikipedia entries, show times for films at the cinema, it offers maps, iTunes links and more.

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iCloud Drive

Documents you store inside your apps are now accessible through iCloud Drive inside Finder, so you can organise your documents however you wish and add tags to them, and they’re all synced between OS X and iOS. Finally!

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Mail

To combat issues with emails with large attachments bouncing back, Craig announced Mail Drive. You can now send attachments up to 5GB through Mail Drive. And taking a leaf out of Preview’s book, you can now annotate emails.

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Safari

The new slimmed-down omnibar has been powered up to show you your bookmarks, removing the old bookmarks bar and giving you more browsing real estate. The new Share options include things like RRS feed sign-ups, all accessible through the button beside the omnibar. WebGL, HTML5 Premium Video, CSS Shapes and Compositing and more have been added to the back end, and multi-tab energy efficiency means that Safari is not only faster than ever but blowing browsers like IE and Chrome out of the water. Huge improvements to JavaScript are a very welcome improvement too.

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Continuity

Get a call on your iPhone and you can answer it on your Mac – even if your iPhone is charging in another room. See a phone number on a web page, you can select it and call it. Same goes for browsing – put your iPad down and Safari on your Mac knows exactly what you were looking at, and brings it right up for you.

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Photos

A completely new Photos app lets you access your iCloud pictures on your Mac – complete with Moments and Collections, an editing panel on the side, sharing and Favourite options and more.

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